The Neighbourhood – Cry Baby
They presumably made stores sell out of ‘those little high-waisted shorts’ in 2013 with ‘Sweater Weather.’ Now, The Neighbourhood is back with their next west coast dream-hip hop song (yes, I made up that genre), ‘Cry Baby.’
Miike Snow – Genghis Khan
Probably not the first way I’d think of telling someone I’d like to be exclusive with them, but Mikke Snow makes it work. We haven’t heard much from the Swedish duo since 2011, but they’re returning in 2016 with their signature indie pop sound.
Halsey – Colors
After just one spin of this song, I could already envision the lyrics superimposed onto a Tumblr photo. ‘Colors’ is yet another one of Halsey’s dark, poetic pairings of pill-popping millennials and a good indie-pop hook.
Lukas Graham — 7 Years
Denmark’s Lukas Graham is new to our station, and is just the kind of Danish we like to enjoy with our coffee. The band’s smooth R&B-alt rock hybrid, ‘7 Years’ is a coming-of-age ballad in just under four minutes of string, keys and music box — and it is in English.
Declan McKenna— Brazil
He may only be 17 years old, but in an interview with Sky News UK, McKenna stated he wrote the song after the 2014 FIFA World Cup (Brits and their football). He said he saw a country like Brazil that’s ‘terribly poor in some places and terribly rich in others,’ be used for gain by a major corporation, and while his anti-FIFA anthem, ‘Brazil,’ gives us hope that at least one kid out there is paying less attention to social media and more attention to social justice, we mostly love it because it’s catchy af.
The Strumbellas –Spirits
These six Canadians dub themselves ‘folkpop/rockgrass/alt-country’ on their website, and, to be honest, ‘rockgrass’ sounds like something I would make up. Their album is set to drop this spring, but their single ‘Spirit’ has been haunting my personal playlist for weeks, and let me just say that there will be no sage burning or exorcism happening here because I want this spirit to stick around.
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